Charles Farr

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Charles Farr is Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office.[1]

Farr joined the Diplomatic Service in 1985, serving in South Africa and Jordan.[2]

According to the Sunday Times, Farr was a career MI6 officer, who worked with MI5 on joint operations in the Middle East, and rose to become 'CT' - head of the service's counter-terrorism department.[3]

Between 2003 and 2007 he held a number of senior posts in Whitehall dealing with security and counter-terrorism.[4]

Farr took up his post as Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism on 16 July 2007.[5] The new appointment led to a downgrading of the role of the Security Adviser to the Prime Minister in the Cabinet Office.[6]

In September 2008, Farr was tipped to succeed John Scarlett as head of MI6.[7]

In February 2009, Farr told a private briefing of MPs that CIA agents were working on counter-terrorism in the UK.[8] A redacted version of his evidence was published by the Home Affairs Select Committee in June 2009.[9]

In March 2009, Farr delivered the annual Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lecture at Policy Exchange.[10]

Charles Farr receives a salary of £135,000 - £139,000 per annum.[11]

Views

On Scotland

In a June 2008 interview with Holyrood magazine, Farr said that independence would not necessarily make Scotland more vulnerable to terrorism:

It is not something that has crossed my mind that there is something inherent about independence that would make Scotland unsafe. I would add that there is nothing inherent about independence that would make Scotland more safe, either. That’s quite an important point.[12]

External Resources

Notes

  1. Appointment Of Director General Of The Office For Security & Counter-Terrorism, Home Office, 6 July 2007.
  2. Appointment Of Director General Of The Office For Security & Counter-Terrorism, Home Office, 6 July 2007.
  3. David Leppard, Terror chief tipped to head MI6, Sunday Times, 21 September 2008.
  4. Appointment Of Director General Of The Office For Security & Counter-Terrorism, Home Office, 6 July 2007.
  5. Appointment Of Director General Of The Office For Security & Counter-Terrorism, Home Office, 6 July 2007.
  6. Michael Evans and Richard Ford, New anti-terror chief is building elite team, The Times, 30 August 2007.
  7. David Leppard, Terror chief tipped to head MI6, Sunday Times, 21 September 2008.
  8. Alan Travis, CIA at work in UK, anti-terror chief tells MPs, guardian.co.uk, 2 October 2009.
  9. Project CONTEST: The Government’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy (pdf), Home Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons, 29 June 2009.
  10. The Third annual Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lecture, Policy Exchange, 7 August 2009.
  11. Director General Office of Security and Counter terrorism, Linked Data API, accessed 09 October 2011
  12. Mandy Rhodes, Tough on terror, Holyrood, Issue 193, 16 June 2008, p21.